CFB: After tough loss, Georgia Tech trio weighing NFL vs. returning to school
By Coley Harvey
MIAMI — Jonathan Dwyer continues to ponder his next step.
So does Derrick Morgan and Demaryius Thomas.
Georgia Tech’s trio of players who are most likely to forgo their senior seasons for an early chance at the NFL, each of them said following Tuesday night’s BCS Orange Bowl that their futures remained as uncertain as they were before the game.
When asked about what impact the Yellow Jackets’ 24-14 loss to Iowa would have on his playing fate, Dwyer said, “Honestly, I don’t really know.”
Adding that he felt any decision on his end would come in the forthcoming weeks, he admitted that the loss itself may have him second-guessing any thoughts about going pro.
“I hate losing, and I hate the fact that we worked so hard. That the guys that I came here with and told to come here, and said that they were going to be a big part of us getting us to where we are,” said Dwyer, Georgia Tech’s electric B-back. “It leaves a bad taste in my mouth; I don’t know if I’ll ever get it out. I don’t think I’ll watch this game.
“It may influence me to come back. So we’ll see.”
Before the Yellow Jackets left Atlanta for South Florida, Dwyer told The Macon Telegraph that he might not be opposed to returning if it were a case where each of the other juniors wanted to stay another season, or if a win in the bowl game were to vault them into consideration for a national title next year.
“Maybe there’s some things still left to accomplish like maybe the Heisman can be the big thing. Or the fact that if everybody else comes back, maybe that could be the big thing. Or we could try to win a national championship. You most definitely want another ring on your finger,” Dwyer said in late December. “Or maybe going back-to-back in the ACC and going for a national championship would be great. Those things will fall into play.”
Morgan, the Yellow Jackets’ star defensive end slated to be drafted atop the April’s first round, told reporters the loss would have absolutely no affect on his return or departure.
Thomas, Georgia Tech’s All-ACC receiver who did not have a catch Tuesday, also said the loss will not affect his decision.
“I’m still waiting on my evaluation and we’ll go from there,” Thomas said.
The players should hear back on their draft status in the coming days in order to make a final decision by Jan. 15. That is the deadline for juniors to say whether they will stay or go.
As of now, none have any true sense of where they might go.
“Only thing I’ve heard is what (ESPN draft expert) Todd McShay says,” Dwyer said.